This is somewhat of an experiment, as this episode is not at all coming from us but was produced by Lindsay Petley-Ragan. Lindsay has been a science communicator for quite some time now and has worked for a number of science (-related) organizations. Over the last winter semester she hosted a science communication workshop for graduate students at Humboldt University in Berlin and one of the assignments for the students was to interview a scientist or make a podcast. So Lindsay got into touch with us late last year and asked whether the outcome might be of interest for us. And since she could push the interviews a bit into the direction of open science, we gladly agreed to publish the result(s) here. So, this is the episode produced by Lindsay with interviews conducted by Kata Katz, Paul Rikeit and Gina Doerpholz.
In the last episode we talked about The Carpentries, the joint initiative comprising the Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry. In this episode we’ve invited Chris Erdmann to talk to us about the third well-known Carpentry out there (not being part of The Carpentries yet): Library Carpentry. Together with Chris, who is the current Library Carpentry Community and Development Director, we dive into what Library Carpentry is, how it came to being, what it does and where it heads to.
In the beginning of 2018 the community initiatives Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry merged to form The Carpentries – a broad joint community of instructors, trainers, maintainers and supporters in general sharing a mission to teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers. In the end of May / beginning of June, the first ever CarpentryCon was taking place and was a great success.
Early July we spoke with Tracy Teal (current Executive Director of The Carpentries), as well as with Malvika Sharan and Fotis Psomopoulos (both Co-Chairs for the CarpentryCon) about the Carpentries, the event itself and what it potentially holds for the future.
Unfortunately the connection wasn’t as good as hoped for each guest (or host), but we hope you can still enjoy!
In this episode we had the great opportunity to talk to Jon Tennant, a fairly well-known Open Science advocate with many hats and even more projects. We talked to him about what drove him to Open Science, how it came about that he wore some of these hats and about his most recent (and community-driven) project, the Open Science MOOC. Jon has a thing with dinosaurs – be it the extinct species or legacy publishers in the academic world. And one thing became clear: he’s doing something about it.
Over the last couple of years, a number of people at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich have relentlessly (in a good way) been pushing open science efforts. Be it in the form of incorporating open science badges, signing open initiatives, or the foundation of an Open Science Committee at LMU, there has been a lot of activity in a very desireable direction.
These activities have finally led to an even more manifest joint effort, the foundation of the Open Science Center at LMU. We had the great pleasure to talk to Anne-Laure Boulesteix and Felix Schönbrodt about how the foundation came about, its self-conception, its mission and the services it can offer to researchers at the LMU and maybe even beyond.
If you’ve been listening to us for a while you have probably already heard about Felix Schönbrodt, as we have mentioned him in a number of episodes talking about projects he was involved in and a number of talks, e.g. his lighting talk at the 2016 Barcamp Science 2.0 or his recent talk at the Open Science Conference 2018. Felix is a principal investigator for Psychological Methods and Assessment at the Department of Psychology, and moreover, he is an absolute Open Science enthusiast.
As we mentioned in our wrap-up episode for this year’s Barcamp Open Science and Open Science Conference, we found Felix’s conference talk really insightful, so it is our pleasure to provide it to you with kind permission from Felix and hope that you find it equally enlightening and motivating.
If you wanna closely follow his presentation including his slides, please use the video embedded into the blogpost for this episode or his slides linked in they the Open Science Conference programme.